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Santa Cruz County History - Arts
Public Art in Santa Cruz
by Jessica Teeter
Across from Locust St. on Pacific Ave.
Created by Marghe McMahon
Santa Cruz has long attracted artists of all kinds -- painters, sculptors, writers, and more. Today, the city honors this piece of the its history by featuring and encouraging public art.
The City Arts Commission of Santa Cruz works to enhance the aesthetic and cultural quality of life in Santa Cruz by creating policy for City Arts that emphasizes public art. This includes the website santacruzpublicart.com, which hosts photographs and information about local public art, including “SculpTOUR”, a rotating temporary sculpture exhibit.
The City Arts Commission also supports the Mural Program which offers incentives to business and property owners interested in mural projects. You can see photos of completed artwork in the Mural category on santacruzpublicart.com.
Santa Cruz City Arts also publishes a flyer for taking a Walking Tour of Santa Cruz Public Art. You can download a PDF version of the flyer here.
Places to Go to View Public Art near Downtown Santa Cruz
- Pacific Avenue
- Soquel Bridge on Soquel Avenue -- "Agricultural Products of Santa Cruz County" mosaics designed by Mission Hill middle school students and facilitated by public artist and teacher Kathleen Crocetti
- 104 River Street -- "Plants and Animals of the San Lorenzo River Watershed" mosaics designed by Mission Hill middle school students and facilitated by Kathleen Crocetti and Nancy Howels
- Skate Park at 225 San Lorenzo Boulevard
- Photographic tile mural by Patrick Haywood
- Stamped concrete edges of the skate bowls by Dave Gardner
- Wave sculpture by Judi Oyama
- Depot Park BMX Bike Park -- Sculpture by Carolyn Law
- Keep your eyes open for the Graphic Traffic program sponsored by the SC County Department of Public Works, which showcases the work of Santa Cruz artists on traffic signal cabinets throughout the City.
Photo Credit: Jessica Teeter
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